Environmental, Social, Governance
As one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of quality building products, Brickworks’ purpose has sustainability at our core – to create beautiful products that last forever.
Build For Living
Build For Living
Towards 2025 - Brickworks Sustainability Strategy
As one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of quality building products, Brickworks purpose has sustainability at our core – to create beautiful products that last forever. The built environment forms the fabric of our cities and our lives, and contributes to substantial environmental and social impacts. Sustainable building design offers greater energy and resource efficiency over the lifetime of a building. Our sustainability strategy focuses on the opportunity to make buildings and cities safe, resilient and sustainable. Our strategy is to manufacture products in a sustainable way, with strong governance and a culture of care for our community.
Towards 2025 Sustainability Targets
Leading building design safe, resilient, sustainable
- Provide leading research on passive solar thermal design, enabling reduced lifetime energy use
- Support design tools, guidance and information to incorporate life cycle thinking into building design
- Double volume from products that hold leading sustainable qualities
- Reduce supply chain risk
- Business Ethics and Whistleblower programs
Our People & Community
Strong culture and care for our community
- Continued reductions in injury rates
- 100 Community activities each year
- Supporting charities like the Children's Cancer Institute
- Stretch target: 35% female senior executives
- Develop and implement a Diversity and Inclusion Strategy
- Invest in the transition to the hydrogen fuel economy
- Reduced potable water use in water stressed areas
- Drive progressive rehabilitation
- Year on year increase in recycled material use
- Over $2 million investment in emission abatement
- Stretch target 10% increase in gas efficiency at Austral Bricks plants by 2030 (Baseline FY18)
We have launched a new sustainability strategy, “Build for Living: Towards 2025” to help us deliver a positive impact for our stakeholders. Our strategy sets a clear pathway from FY19, with measurable commitments, to ensure we continue to have a positive environmental and social impact, with strong governance and a culture of care for our community.
Products and Sustainability
Designed with care
Leading Building Design, Safe, Resilient, Sustainable
In an unpredictable world, those living in cities must be creative and adapt in order to withstand the shocks and stresses that this century is predicted to bring. Our bricks and concrete products are manufactured to provide resilience. They are durable, fire-proof, contain thermal mass for energy efficient design, excellent acoustic properties and no indoor air emissions (VOCs); and our clay bricks hold a 100-year guarantee. Building product companies have an important role to facilitate innovation through providing durable and naturally sustainable products. Brickworks is proud of its innovative product accomplishments. We were the first Company in Australia to provide Climate Active Certified Carbon Neutral Bricks to national and international markets. By 2025, we will double our volume of products sold in Australia that hold leading sustainable qualities.
Bricks for Living
10 benefits bricks offer for sustainable homes
10 benefits bricks offer for sustainable homes
Comfort, style and affordable living. When planning to build a sustainable home and a comfortable life, you have a lot to consider. With their complete range of cost, comfort and style benefits, bricks are the one and only choice.
Carbon Neutral Bricks
Austral Bricks (Tasmania) are the first in Australia to have certified Carbon Neutral bricks. That means we have significantly reduced our carbon footprint and offset the remaining emissions.
Intergrated Solar Roof Tiles & Battery Solution
Bristile Solar brings together the latest in clean energy, solar and battery technology to our sleek roof tile range and smart enery mangement system.
Bristile Roofing and Brickworks Building Products are currently in the design and development phase of a Net Zero home concept that promotes the installation of solar energy systems during the construction phase of a new home.
Terraçade's façade design system resolves environmental and structural issues to produce effective and safe building enclosures. The Terraçade product was put through the Ecospecifier Verification program to qualify its leading position as a façade system that is worthy to be used in green building projects.
Austral Precast goes above and beyond to bring innovative, durable and cost-effective building solutions to the Australian market. From balustrades to walls, precast panels are proving an easy solution for architects and builders, with their high-quality finish, thermal mass and environmental benefits.
Austral Bricks Life Cycle Assessment report
The assessed product range of Austral Bricks consists of facing bricks, which are suitable for cladding on walls. Austral Bricks’ products contribute physically and structurally to the building, but also add to the aesthetic qualities of the building.
Inspired by the character and rustic charm of Melbourne’s famous back streets and laneways, each brick in our Laneway collection has an authentic look and genuine presence. Made using traditional presses to give an age-old grounding to even the most contemporary of applications.
Innovation meets inspiration in our Fringe Range. Exuberant, individual and perhaps even a bit quirky, this range will ignite interest and inspire originality in just about any design where an edgier – but no less sophisticated – look is required. *South Australian Exclusive
South Australia has a rich history of brickmaking, and the Forest Range brings that history up to date for projects seeking an authentic provenance. Made from locally sourced clays, each brick has been carefully designed to exude a grounded realness, but with a contemporary edge.
These sumptuous bricks originate from Belgium, where they have been carefully crafted by a family of fourth-generation brickmakers of international renown. Made with an exquisite rustic texture, Nelissen bricks are sculptured pieces in themselves.
See the results
The built environment has substantial environmental and social impacts. Sustainable building design offers greater energy and resource efficiency over the operational lifetime of a building. Our research and innovation has led the way to realising the thermal benefits of bricks, in partnership with the University of Newcastle.
Aquarevo Discover Centre
There has been clear shift towards building more affordable sustainable homes that use energy efficiently and minimise their carbon footprint. Aquarevo is set to be Australia’s most water and energy efficient residential community, and Aquarevo House is the exemplar of the development.
Oracle Platinum Homes
The Lincoln 39 Oracle Homes Display home takes style inspiration from The Hamptons and combines it with smart roofing technology, to give it a laidback aesthetic and energy saving credentials.
In Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid-North Coast, Pycon Homes and Constructions used Bristile Solar Tiles and Bristile concrete tiles to create the look of a traditional roof for Stephen Hamer’s new family home.
Is Balwyn the classic Melbourne suburb? Its leafy streets, well regarded schools, good city access and quality housing stock have long been a magnet for
Look around and you’ll see how we’re contributing to a beautiful and enduring future for our built environment.”
The Latest on Sustainability
These are the topical related sustainability stories that our Brickworks team feel make an impact on our communities and environments.
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Brickworks is committed to sustainability reporting, providing expanded disclosure on our non-financial performance impacts and opportunities. Our reporting is informed by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, a leading independent Environmental, Social and Governance reporting standard.
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